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Greece May Restrict Entry of Flights from Specific Countries After July 1

Greece, after July 1 when it officially opens to tourists, may keep its skies off limits to flights from a number of countries that have increased cases of Covid-19.

Speaking to SKAI radio on Friday, Greek Deputy Tourism Minister Manos Konsolas confirmed rumors stating that from July 1 Greece may impose a ban on flights coming from nine countries.

When asked specifically if the countries were the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, Russia, Israel, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Northern Macedonia, he said that the travel ban is still in place for those nine countries. “We will examine the epidemiological data on a daily basis and be open to suggestions from experts,” Konsolas said.

As of July 1, holidaymakers from abroad will be able to visit Greece through 41 entry points, including 27 airports, seven border areas and seven ports.

According to instructions given by the Greek Foreign Ministry, all travelers that come to Greece will be obliged to fill out a form with their contact details upon arrival (or before boarding).

Sampling tests will be performed on arriving passengers and those who test positive for the coronavirus will have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days.

Greece recently launched a nine-point awareness campaign with Covid-19 precautions, which will be will be running at all of the country’s entry points. Relevant printed material in three languages will also be available.

Following is the “Enjoy your Stay and Stay Safe” campaign:

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  1. Su Reply

    Do you foresee that travel from the United States might be allowed in August? Is there a schedule for opening to more countries

  2. George Patsalos Reply

    In an interview yesterday on COSMOS FM Greek radio New York City, the Consul General of Greece stated that Greek nationals and their families would be allowed to enter Greece even if they are residents or dual nationals of banned countries. Their immediate families do not need to be Greek nationals. Pack your bags.

  3. Lucy Judd Reply

    We are due to fly to Corfu from London Luton on the 1st July – our flight is still going ahead and has not been cancelled.
    The problem is Greece have not indicated whether UK trravellers will be allowed in. It is a very confusing picture. The Greek press are saying that they are opening up to tourism on the 1st July. The EU is saying that the UK will be treated the same as any other EU country until the 31/12/2020. Does that mean we can assume that UK will be allowed entry on the 1st July also?
    I find it unbelievable that we are less than 2 days away and still know nothing.

  4. Stephen Cronin Reply

    According to the UK press, an “Air bridge” arrangement has been made between Greece and the UK. This is at odds with your reporting. Perhaps you should check just exactly what the Greek governments true position on this is. Turkey seems to have been quietly dropped from the banned list, also.

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Hello Stephan.
      We are very well aware of what the US press is reporting. However, there has been no official announcement from the UK government yet. An announcement is expected by next week.
      We report on the facts as they develop.
      Kind regards.

    • George Reply

      According to today’s Kathimerini newspaper, the air bridge will not come into effect until mid-July (at the earliest). As of now, the report appears to be correct.

  5. diana giannoulis Reply

    Why keep saying how much Greece needs tourism economy, recognises that the bulk of that income comes from the countries it has now banned, and then wonders why there is no tourism income. It would also help if they and the UK would have an actual firm policy so everyone knows where they stand.

  6. Iryna Reply

    Is there a list of countries whose residents are allowed to travel to Greece? Or is there any information about the travelers from Ukraine from the 1st July?

  7. Robert Ferguson Reply

    If Greece bans flights from Northern Ireland because they are putting Uk Countries together i will look to Holiday elsewhere in future. The UK is not a Country it is four Countries, we all are not as bad as England when it comes to the virus.

  8. Kyle Brodnick Reply

    Banning countries isn’t wise. In the case of the US, many states have passed the CDC guidelines and are allowed to move into further steps of reopening. Citizens from states who have seen a drop in numbers like Illinois should be able to travel. If someone isn’t sick, they should become allowed in. This political fuss is child’s play. Let’s be reasonable.

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